In the spotlight – Agriculture
Today we’re looking at the ways agriculture has made the most of the availability of storage containers – not just for storing supplies or as farmyard offices, but also as very inventive additions to a working farm and a local community.
Of course, the number one reason the agriculture industry uses these containers is for every storage. These units have an instant advantage over barns in that they’re secure, waterproof and moveable, making it a far safer place to keep expensive tools and farmyard equipment. With the right amount of know-how, they can also be used as animal feed stores or tack rooms containing riding equipment – the application of Grafo-Therm prevents condensation on the ceiling during more extreme temperatures. One surprisingly common repurposing for a storage container is a butchery conversion, thanks to the large amount of space available for hanging and curing meat.
The versatility of your average storage container has been praised often on this blog, perhaps unsurprisingly, but it’s with the invention of projects like Growtainer and Freight Farms that we’ve been truly amazed by this month. These portable farms are self-contained growing containers, modified to allow full control over automated temperature, irrigation, humidity and light. As with all containers, they’re portable and stackable, and the well-managed conditions mean that they produce a far higher yield in a shorter amount of time compared to traditional farming methods.
Freight Farms, in San Francisco, has really taken the lead on this tech-based form of agriculture. Users can grow up to 3,600 plants in one crate, and are able to manage the entire system using a smartphone app. The system is designed to allow the local production of seasonal plants, preventing fruit and veg from being imported thousands of miles from its destination and giving local communities access to a greater range of local produce.
The potential of these portable farms is incredible – already they’re being considered for use in schools, recreational centres and vacant lots that could be better utilised by stacking argricultural spaces. We’re looking forward to hearing more about these as they begin to reach the UK – and we’ll keep you updated should we see any reach our own customers!